Nov 18, 2007

The Lost Boys

Hollywood “rebel” and self-proclaimed “Sexual Outlaw” Joel Schumacher has made a variety of failure films for all different genres. His masterpiece(which he stated himself) is the ambiguously gay The Lost boys. This film completely destroyed all vampire conventions and most likely had them rewritten by the ghost of Jim Morrison. Hollywood does have a couple of dark gems.

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The gang of rebellious vampires in The Lost Boys call a cave located in a cliff as their home. I like to think that it’s the same cliff that Buzz drove off while playing chicken with Jim Stark(James Dean) in Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece Rebel Without a Cause. When the vampires in The Lost Boys take flight they offer some of the most aesthetically pleasing night shots that can’t be found in any other film. Thomas Newman’s score perfectly compliments these midnight flights.

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The cast of The Lost Boys is easily recognizable. The two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) are in their best roles, before they fried their brains on various extra curricular activities. Haim’s character proudly displays posters of beefcake homos on his wall. Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Winter) plays a demon dwarf-like vampire before taking a stake in the heart. This scene is much more interesting than all of his film Freaked.

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Schumacher’s The Lost Boys is obviously an allegory for a young mans transformation into a homosexual. Interesting, a bloodsucking gang of leather clad neo-Brando’s help him with the transformation. Was this Schumacher’s deepest and darkest fantasy? Was Corey Feldman’s army fatigues a conscious decision on the director’s part?

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The money men at Warner Bros. have decided to make sequels to their franchise friendly films. Among them is The Lost Boys II: The Tribe. This would be a fantasy for me if I were still a child. Now I can expect it to be a piece of cold blooded garbage. Corey Haim has decided he is not having any part in it. On a positive note, coke head and special effects master Tom Savini has also been said to make an appearance as a surfer.

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-Ty E

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